Monday, 14 March 2016

Ginger Fried Rice


Please excuse the messy presentation. This is how real food looks like in my house. Especially when I cannot wait to dig in.

I cooked this fried rice because I was so impressed with the one I had at the Wedding Dinner The recipe? I know jolly well where to get the recipe because I remembered Kimmy's Sesame Ginger Fried Rice


Quite honestly, when I read Kimmy's post back in 2012, I thought that the ginger and sesame oil would be too overpowering. I mean, I love sesame oil and ginger especially in ginger chicken. But fried rice? Boy, was I wrong. So wrong.


All this time, whenever I cooked anything with sesame oil, I have always mixed my regular cooking oil (olive oil or grapeseed oil) with sesame oil. That was because I felt that sesame oil was too overpowering when used by itself. 

Well, all my misgivings were proven otherwise when I bravely used all sesame oil when cooking this very flavorful and extremely delicious fried rice.


One important thing to remember is to use good sesame oil. I used my favorite which is Organic Toasted Sesame Oil. It costs a bit more but I appreciate the quality of the sesame oil. And the aroma is like no other. 

This fried rice is not difficult to cook. But you need to spend some time shredding the ginger. How much to put is really up to you. Then you need to fry the ginger in sesame oil until it is brown as crispy.

I have always loved fried ginger, you know the ones they put on Chinese steamed fish or deep fried fish. When that comes to the table, somebody with sapu all the fried ginger. Somebody.


Well, I was blown away when I tasted this ginger fried rice. In fact this is better than the restaurant's because I added sliced pork and mushrooms. The one at the wedding had flaked fish in it. 

Kimmy's recipe has crispy fried anchovies and that I will add next time. I was a bit lazy too pressed for time to fry the anchovies.


This is my second attempt at this fried rice. The first time, I had no intention of blogging about it. But since it was so good, I simply had to devote a post to share. So, if you love ginger and if you also love sesame oil, you must not miss this fried rice. 










Ginger Fried Rice 
Recipe source : Adapted from Cooking Pleasure

Note : I am sorry I do not have exact measurements. Please visit the recipe source for reference.

Ingredients :
- Overnight cooked rice
- marinated pork slices (marinated with garlic, soya sauce, sesame oil and pepper)
- sliced shitake mushrooms
- ginger, finely shredded 
- garlic, chopped
- light soya sauce
- dark soy sauce
- sesame oil
- coriander leaves

Method :
1. Heat sesame oil in wok and fry shredded ginger until brown and crispy. Do it in batches if you have to.
2. Remove the fried ginger and set aside.
3. In the same oil, fry garlic until slightly brown and aromatic.
4. Add marinated pork and fry until pork changes color.
5. Add mushrooms and continue to stir fry until pork is cooked and mushrooms are tender.
6. Add rice, light and dark soya sauce. Stir fry until rice is evenly coated.
7. Add half of the fried ginger and continue to fry the rice until all ingredients are well mixed.
8. Dish out and garnish with remaining fried ginger and coriander leaves.

51 comments:

  1. I love ginger, I love sesame oil...so this is one fried rice I'll definitely want to make although your version here looks different from the ones I've eaten at restaurants. Their ginger is in very fine strands and you can see it all over the plate (I gather it must have been granted) while yours is shredded.

    I totally understand your apprehension of using sesame oil as oil for the fried rice thinking it'd be overpowering. I was told the same thing when I made ginger wine chicken (my mother-in-law told me to use only sesame oil in the frying of the ginger and chicken). When I did that, I realised it was more fragrant (like she said).

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    1. I don't know how the restaurant get their ginger into such fine strands. They probably used a special grater because mine can't achieve that. So I had to use a knife instead. Now I am not afraid of using purely sesame oil because it is simply awesome! It made me at a lot of fired rice which is not exactly a good thing >.<

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  2. Your messy is better than me, mine will be no eye see...

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    1. hah..hah... no eye see means more delicious :D

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  3. Ahhh, your ginger fried rice reminds me of my confinement.. I had ginger fried after I gave birth to Sherman.. Mum cooked ginger fried rice with just minced pork, and a pot of kidney-liver ginger+sesame oil soup, and I had that 2 hours after I gave birth to Sherman.. I love your ginger fried rice, I can eat 3 bowls, minus the meat pun boleh, replaced with liver and kidney slices!

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    1. Wah...I hear kidney+liver+ginger+sesame oil soup, my air liur meleleh already even though I have not actually eaten anything like that. I notice that confinement food contains lots of ginger and sesame oil and that is really fragrant and delicious. I no confinement pun I wanna eat confinement food LOL!

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  4. Hi Phong Hong, I know this must be a very delicious fried rice with lots of crispy and fragrance ginger in it. Love it!!

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    1. Yes, Ann it's a really fragrant and delicious fried rice. It's my new discovery for the year hah..hah..

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  5. That presentation makes me drool!

    I want to try the recipe but of course changing the meat to chicken or beef instead lah ;)

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    1. Yeah, do try it! Beef would be awesome.

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  6. you are making me drool with your delicious ginger fried rice!! aiyoh, comes whatever type of fried rice also i like lah.. and you are also very generous with the chicken and mushrooms in your fried rice (just that i do not like you being generous with the coriander leaves, muahahaha!!).. i really like this, and if you will do this again and (also hardworking to) fried some crispy anchovies next time, wah, i think i also can wallop three bowls like Princess Ribbon.. :)

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    1. Pork meat la, not chicken meat in the above recipe.

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    2. hah..hah...I love coriander, so of course I will be very generous with it. Ya lah, mana ada chicken? :D

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  7. Phong Hong actually I don't like to add too many ginger in my cooking. Except certain cases lar. Yours looks presentable.

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    1. Angeline, I know some people find ginger too strong. I used to be like that but dunno why as I get older I like it pulak.

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  8. Looks good! What brand is the organic toasted sesame oil? My spouse loves sesame oil. He puts it even in pasta! LOL!

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    1. The brand is Eden but lately I can't find it :( It is very fragrant and the best sesame oil I have tried. If you can find it, buy it for your spouse. He will love it!

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    2. Thanks! I will look for it. If I find it, I will let you know since you are looking for it too.

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  9. Hi Phong Hong, thanks for the shout out. I love this fried rice very much, it's so fragrant that you would want to waste time taking photos. I like to savour it 'hot' and you are right, good quality sesame seed oil will make this perfect. I used Penang Ghee Hiang Sesame Seed Oil. Know this brand so well cos' the factory is just nearby my childhood home. Your ginger is so well fried. Just thinking what it would be like if I add a sunny up egg fried with sesame seed oil and lots of ginger, hehehe! Where on earth can you get this kind of fried rice??? Of course, in our own kitchen.

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    1. Hi Kimmy! Thanks to you, I managed to recreate this very ho liau fried rice. Yes, my mum did mention to me that Ghee Hiang is the best. I bought one bottle because I could not get the organic one.

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  10. Hi Phong Hong, I love this and yours look very inviting. I don't mind to have 2 big bowls too. :)) Love the ginger topping, very appetizing.

    Have a nice day, regards.
    Amelia

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    1. Hi Amelia! I am currently crazy about this fried rice. Thinking of having it again hah..hah...

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  11. Ginger? Ummm...I think I'll pass. Too heaty for me but yes, I do like it in many dishes but I am not particularly fond of actually eating it.

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    1. Now that you mentioned it, I did feel a sudden surge of warmth after eating the fried rice. Don't know if that's my imagination or what hah..hah...

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  13. Cuz, I can smell your flied lice from here..... like claypot chicken lie version 2.1?

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    1. Eh, why you cakap pelat? hah..hah... No lah, not like claypot rice.

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    2. chinese food, must talk like chinese :)

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  14. Looks good!! Must be really fragrant, thanks to the sesame oil.

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    1. It was so fragrant and so good to eat!

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  15. Ginger and sesame oil fried rice? Hmmm sounds like confinement fried rice to me. I ate a lot of ginger, sesame oil fried rice. Very yummy!

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    1. I guess it's confinement food since it has lots of ginger and sesame oil. Confinement food is so delicious hah..hah...

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  16. I love sesame oil, but me no likey ginger, so I can save some time without dealing with ginger. Maybe I can substitute with more garlic instead :D

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    1. I guess that would work too since you don't like ginger.

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  17. I remember my mom loves to cook this when she ran out of idea during my childhood and teen years. The rice is so fragrant and the chicken is tender. I miss it.

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  18. Phong Hong, we love fried rice in our family...each and every one of us. Believe it or not, my daughter has to make fried rice different ways each morning to have my 9 yr old grandson taking it to lunch. I love this recipe and do agree with the heaviness of the sesame oil by itself. The ginger is always welcome, and as for the anchovies...how in the world do you deep fry those delicate little anchovies from a can? unless you use fresh ones. Even when I saute canned anchovies, they always break apart, although they do add a very nice flavor to all the savory dishes! I Google+ d it to share, and notice you don't use the Google+ sharing! Not too familiar with this whole Google+ thing and just recently added you on...not even knowing that you had added me until recently finding out (actually you added me back...lol)

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    1. Elisabeth, it's nice to know that your family loves fried rice. It's something so versatile you can practically add anything into it and it always comes out good. As for the anchovies, we have dried ones here and that's how we can deep fry them. On the Google+, I am not so familiar with the functions. I only know how to add people or add them back LOL!

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  19. I am hungry now, I prefer rice to noodles at anytime

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  20. I used to dislike Sesame Oil as I thought it was popular for confinement mothers to eat and keep warm only. Later when the Koreans lived together with me in the States, I saw them pouring sesame oil into everything besides even make them into mixed sauce for dipping. I grew to like the taste as it is really an enhancer plus healthy too.

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    1. That's what I noted when eating Korean food. They use sesame oil for dipping and I like that very much!

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  21. I love the fried ginger slices so much. I love them, but my kids don't like. Your ginger fried rice looks terrific .

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    1. Thanks, Yannie! Kids will find the taste too strong for them. But I hope you can cook this some day.

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  22. Phong Hong, this is one of my confinement foods. Love the crispy fried shredded ginger + fragrant sesame oil.

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    1. Karen, I have never been in confinement and yet I love confinement food LOL!

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  23. This is like one of my favorite confinement food!! :p

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    1. I love confinement food hah..hah....

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